100 Ways to Give: Items for veterans


GRCC’s veterans and student records offices and mathematics department are teaming up to collect items for veterans through December.

Items needed include:

  • $10 gift cards for places such as Meijer, McDonald’s and Wendy’s.
  • cologne, body wash and deodorant for both men and women.
  • AAA, C and D batteries.
  • lap blankets for both men and women.

You can bring items for any of the 100 Ways to Give projects to drop boxes at:

  • the enrollment center.
  • the student success center in Sneden Hall.
  • at Tassell M-TEC.
  • in the student life office at the Student Center.
  • the first-floor circulation desk at the library.

To see the full list of 100 Ways to Give projects, click here. When getting involved, don’t forget to share it on social media by using #GRCC100years and #100waystogive on Twitter and Instagram, and “Grand Rapids Community College” on Facebook.


GRCC In the News, 11-12-14

Trees lit, flags displayed to honor veterans at GRCC

Nov. 11, 2014; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) — Grand Rapids Community College’s Veterans Day ceremony on Tuesday included lighting the Veterans Trees and placing 100 flags honoring American veterans.

Veterans Day in West Michigan

Nov. 11, 2014; WZZM

(This photo gallery includes GRCC’s Veterans Day ceremony.)

Vanessa Williams comes to DeVos Hall for Grand Rapids Symphony’s ‘Symphony with Soul’

Nov. 11, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Vanessa Williams, the Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-nominated singer and actress, is special guest for the Grand Rapids Symphony’s “Symphony with Soul” concert in February.

… The program in DeVos Performance Hall will include Adolphus Hailstork’s “Overture” and the Grand Rapids Community Chorus directed by Duane Shields Davis, retired director of vocal music at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In the News, 11-11-14

GRCC partnering with school district to launch West Michigan’s third Middle College program

Nov. 10, 2014; MLive

CEDAR SPRINGS, MI — Cedar Springs Public Schools will be the third Kent County district to offer high school students the opportunity to graduate with both a diploma and a college degree through a new Middle College partnership with Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).

Free meals, events in honor of Veterans Day

Nov. 10, 2014; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Several restaurants are celebrating Veterans Day by offering a free meal to all veterans and active-duty military members on Tuesday.

… Grand Rapids Community College will be holding their first Veterans Day ceremony complete with a tree-lighting and the planting of 100 flags.

GRCC President Dr. Steven C. Ender will deliver a short speech during the ceremony, set for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday on the Dr. Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza.

“This is the first time for this event at GRCC,” Ender said. “I’m proud and humbled to be a part of this new tribute to both the veterans who have been part of our 100 years in West Michigan and to the more than 300 veterans who are part of our campus community today.”

GRCC In the News, 6-9-14

More West Michigan firms partner with higher education to secure talent

June 8, 2014; mibiz.com

Talent pipelines are more than just buzzwords among West Michigan companies looking to bolster their workforce development activities.

… “I’ve never seen employers be more involved (in workforce development) or put more money on the table,” said Julie Parks, director of workforce development at Grand Rapids Community College.

Distance learning offers convenience, but it’s not for everyone

June 8, 2014; mibiz.com

There is little debate that the Internet has acted as a disruptive force for a broad range of industries, higher education included.

Like many higher education institutions around the country, West Michigan organizations such as Grand Valley State University, Calvin College and Grand Rapids Community College have begun to offer distance learning classes where students don’t need to be in a classroom. Rather, they simply need a computer with an Internet connection.

$335 million: Higher ed building projects turn to other sources of capital as state funding wanes

June 8, 2014; mibiz.com

The next year and a half is shaping up to be a busy period for higher education building projects.

… At Grand Rapids Community College, the majority of the school’s $35.3 million in capital projects are for the renovation and modernization of existing facilities. Almost every project includes upgrades to HVAC, lighting and electric services as well as exterior wall and window replacements.

The largest of the college’s ongoing projects is an approximately $15.7 million renovation of the Cook Academic Hall. This project, funded in part through a state of Michigan capital outlay, is a complete renovation, creating state-of-the-art learning spaces for nursing and allied health programs and general purpose classrooms for math, English and business.

MICHIGAN BRIEFS: Dow helps remove unwelcome abstract expressionism

June 8, 2014; Crain’s Detroit Business

… Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University signed an agreement to make it easier for students to transfer between the two institutions, The Associated Press reported.

Video: Baby falcon banded atop Kent County Courthouse

June 6, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Two baby Peregrine falcons of the estimated 12 in West Michigan received banding today from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

… The best viewing points of the nest is Crescent Park or looking west from the top of the Grand Rapids Community College parking ramp, said John Wills, a citizen activist from Grand Rapids that has been involved in falcon preservation since the ’80s.

Grads with Grit: Meet Jose

June 7, 2014; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) — Jose Sanchez Bueso had a long journey before he could graduate from Wyoming High School. At the age of 15, alone, he left Honduras and journeyed to Guatemala and Mexico before finally getting to Michigan. Jose says it was a struggle because he came here not knowing any English.

He says his best advice is to tell people not to give up, you can’t get anywhere if you give up. Jose’s next step is to go to GRCC, he hopes to become a mechanical engineer.

Saranac Promise really does make a dent

June 8, 2014; WOOD TV

SARANAC, Mich. (WOOD) — A new program is helping students at Saranac Community Schools pay for their college education.

… Leighton Bell is a sophomore at Grand Rapids Community College. He works two jobs to fund his education. This year and last, he received help in the form of a $1,000 scholarship from the Promise.

Georgia Highlands College Names New President

June 7, 2014; Coosa Valley News (Rome, Ga.)

Donald J. Green, vice president for Extended and International Operations, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Mich. has been named as the next president of Georgia Highlands College in Rome by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Green will assume his new post on Sept. 8, 2014.

… His higher education career also includes administrative and teaching posts at Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Davenport University, Grand Rapids, Mich. Green also operated a consulting firm, D. Green and Associates.


GRCC In the News, 6-5-14

GVSU, GRCC partner on new student transfer initiative

June 4, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University signed an agreement Wednesday that aims to make it easier for students to transfer between the two institutions.

Re-ranking Michigan’s ’10 recruiting class: Attrition buries massive group, but produces Devin Gardner, Jake Ryan

June 4, 2014; MLive

ANN ARBOR — Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

… (Demar) Dorsey, sadly, never did latch on anywhere else. He was unable to get into Louisville. He spent one year at Grand Rapids Community College’s now defunct program. He then committed to Hawaii, but settled at Arizona Western, where he made 12 tackles in four games. He was listed as a member of the Arena Football League’s Arizona Rattlers in 2013, but is no longer on that squad’s active roster.

GRCC In the News, 6-2-14

GRCC, GVSU to sign articulation agreement

May 30, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University are forming a partnership to ensure a smooth transfer process between the two schools.

Change Ups: Baker students demonstrate leadership

May 30, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… LINC Community Revitalization Inc. honored community organizations and individuals with the 2014 Community Spirit Awards. Recipients: Cornerstone Award, Cooley Law School West Michigan Public Defenders Clinic; Outstanding Collaborations Award, Grand Rapids Community College; Innovation Award, Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation; Community Spirit Award, Jerry McComb; Community Spirit Award (Youth), Israel Morales; Independent Spirit Award, Erick Picardo; and Legacy Award, retired Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk.

Urban renewal: Slow-acting antidote or huge mistake? What’s next for Calder Plaza

June 1, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The burning question when we look at Grand Rapids urban renewal era comes down to this: Was it worth it?

… Caledonia stockbroker Frederick Fleischmann remembers walking through the tail end of urban renewal while attending class at Grand Rapids Junior College (now GRCC) and working at a West Side tool & die shop in the late ’60s.

Troubled past turns into promising future for Lakeview High School senior

May 30, 2014; The Greenville Daily News

LAKEVIEW — Bryan Guernsey’s life to date has been one rife with hard knocks.

… The work he’s been doing on the Unger cattle farm, in fact, has helped give Bryan’s life an entirely new direction. He plans to get an apartment in Grand Rapids this fall and attend Grand Rapids Community College where he will study agricultural science.

Graduation 2014: West Ottawa High School

June 1, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — What are you looking forward to now that you have graduated?

“I’m looking forward to going to GRCC and getting my two years and then transferring to Western and just kinda enjoying my summer.” — Elizabeth Izaguirre

Exercise for aging adults

May 30, 2014; WZZM

(GRCC instructor Jocelyn Bunce appears in a segment on fitness tips for older people.)

Festival of the Arts 2014 Regional Art Exhibition opens today with 288 works

May 30, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids’ 45th annual Festival of the Arts is a week away, but the 2014 Regional Art Exhibition opens tonight at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.

… Nick Antonakis, professor of painting and drawing and head of the visual arts department at Grand Rapids Community College, was juror for painting, drawing and prints.

Finalist Named for Next GHC President

May 30, 2014; Coosa Valley News (Rome, Ga.)

Board of Regents Chair Philip Wilheit Sr. and University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby has announced the three finalist that will take over as the next president of Georgia Highlands College. The recommended finalist are; Anita K. Bowles, vice president for Academic Affairs, Spartanburg Methodist College, Spartanburg, S.C. Donald J. Green, vice president for Extended and International Operations, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Mich. And, Al M. Panu, senior vice president for University Affairs, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, Ga.

… Green has served as both Vice Chancellor and Vice President at Ferris State, leading a number of administrative units. Ferris State is comprised of its Big Rapids main campus and 19 satellite locations throughout Michigan. His higher education career also includes administrative and teaching posts at Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Davenport University, Grand Rapids, Mich. Green also operated a consulting firm, D. Green and Associates. Green holds a bachelor of arts degree from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., a master`s degree in labor and human resource management from Ohio State University, Columbus and an Ed.D. in educational leadership from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich.

Union baseball coach wishes there was another Buurstra brother

May 30, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS — When filling out his lineup cards this spring, there were two specific non-vowel letters that Grand Rapids Union baseball coach Mike Eddington penciled in more than any others. They were the letters B and R, which just happen to represent the first two letters in brother.

… A three-sport standout at Union who also played football and basketball Brad will be attending Grand Rapids Community College and continue his baseball career there.


Why wear purple on April 15?

The U.S. Armed Services recognizes April as the month of the military child. Often military children are admired for their resilience and ability to deal with life-changing events. Janice Holten, our veterans representative in the Registrar’s office, encourages students and employees to wear purple on  April 15 to recognize sacrifices made by military families and their children.

GRCC In the News, 10-4-13

Thompson M-Tech offers courses for veterans under GI Bill

Oct. 3, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Holland — The Ottawa Area Intermediate School District’s Thompson M-TEC, 6364 136th Ave., is now an approved Veterans Administration GI Bill facility, meaning veterans who qualify for the GI funding can use their benefit to take classes at Thompson M-TEC.

… Thompson M-TEC is a collaborative venture of Grand Rapids Community College and the OAISD. It offers a variety of college and non-college credit adult programming.

Yavapai College names new vice president

Oct. 3, 2013; Prescott Valley Tribune (Ariz.)

Yavapai College has hired Stuart Blacklaw, Ph.D., as its new vice president of instruction and student services.

… After 12 years as a full-time faculty member, Blacklaw became the associate dean for curriculum and assessment at Jefferson Community College in Watertown, NY, and later served a similar role as a dean at Monroe Community College in Rochester. Blacklaw also served as an assistant dean in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Grand Rapids Community College.

Local athletes compete at collegiate level

Oct. 1, 2013; cadillacnews.com

… Grand Rapids Community College freshman Katlyn Agren (Cadillac H.S.) was part of the Raiders’ 3-0 win over Ancilla on Tuesday in Grand Rapids. Agren recorded two kills, an ace and eight digs against the Chargers.

GRCC In the News, 9-25-13

Man who masturbated in public at GRCC sentenced to prison for one day to life

Sept. 24, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — How long Grand Rapids Community College public masturbator Joseph Bryant spends in prison will be, to some degree, up to him.

Business Briefs Newsletter

Sept. 23, 2013; Business Update Publication

… Grand Rapids – Grand Rapids Community College was awarded 2014 Military Friendly Schools designation from Victory Media, an honors’ list of top 20% of colleges, universities, and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and their spouses as students, and to ensure their success on campus.

GRCC In the News, 9-6-13

GRCC chef to attempt 200-plus-foot sugar ribbon pull

Sept. 5, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Grand Rapids — Chef Gilles Renusson, a professor with Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, will do his annual 200-plus-foot pulled sugar ribbon up the Fountain Street hill at 7 p.m. on Sept. 6.

Women’s combat boots on display at GRCC, ArtPrize

Sept. 5, 2013; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) — A group of female service members are sharing their war stories through boots.

An exhibit titled, “Her Boots: Step Up for the Stand Down” was unveiled at Grand Rapids Community College Thursday.

Nicholas Loren Vocal Competition showcase is Sunday

Sept. 5, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Holland — The top 10 finalists and winners of the 2013 Nicholas Loren Vocal Competition will perform a showcase concert of operatic arias Sunday in an intimate gallery setting of the Holland Area Arts Council.

… Accompanist Dr. Ken Bos from Grand Rapids Community College will be paired with each soloist.

10 emerging female leaders nominated for young professional Athena Award in Grand Rapids

Sept. 5, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Women in local law, construction, marketing, banking and business incubation are part of the 2013 class of finalists for the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Athena Young Professional Award.

… Jenny Luth, Clark Communications

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Jenny Luth attended GRCC.)

Meijer Gardens Curates Glass-Based Exhibition Coinciding With ArtPrize

Sept. 5, 2013; Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.)

Coinciding with the fifth annual ArtPrize competition, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park will host 25 artists from across North America, Europe and Asia in, “Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass.” This group exhibition explores the creative, conceptual and formal aspects of contemporary glass sculpture.

… The exhibition “Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass” is made possible by: The Meijer Foundation, The Louis and Helen Padnos Foundation, William Padnos, the Daniel & Pamella DeVos Foundation, Habatat Gallery, Grand Rapids Sister-City InternationalPerugia Committee, Grand Rapids Community College and Botanic and Sculpture Societies of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

Photos of combat boot exhibit

Grand Rapids Community College hosted a display of combat boots that women veterans have decorated to share their stories of military service. The Volunteers of America Michigan exhibit, “Her Boots: Step Up for the Stand Down,” is traveling around the state to raise awareness of the unique issues that female veterans face.

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GRCC In the News, 9-5-13

Exhibit of military combat boots, decorated by female veterans, on its way to ArtPrize 2013

Sept. 4, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — ArtPrize 2013 opens two weeks from today, and work is beginning to arrive.

An exhibition of military combat boots, decorated by women who are veterans, goes on temporary display Thursday at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC Pays Tribute To Female Veterans

Sept. 4,2013; WOOD Radio

Grand Rapids Community College this week will display a collection of combat boots decorated by female veterans.

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow explains why federal job training proposal will help GRCC, West Michigan

Sept. 4, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Pumping federal dollars into a community college job training program would give West Michigan’s economy a boost and help fill a skills gap that has left some employers unable to find qualified workers, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow said Wednesday.

Stabenow, speaking at Grand Rapids Community College, said she wants to create a federal program that would double the number of businesses and workers eligible to participate in the Michigan New Jobs Training Program.

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow unveils plan to double number of workers in high-skilled job-training programs

Sept. 4, 2013; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM/AP) — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow has unveiled a plan designed to boost states’ high-skilled job-training programs.

… She shared details of the proposal Wednesday at Grand Rapids Community College.

Mary Ellen McNaughton exhibits at DCM

Sept. 2, 2013; therapidian.org

Enjoy seeing a retrospective of artwork by artist Mary Ellen McNaughton. A lifetime of creative expression, this show features lively, colorful and often whimsical drawings, paintings, mosaics and sculptures. Inspired by mythology, nature, folk art, and other artists through time, Mary Ellen lives here in Grand Rapids. When not doing art, she enjoys her organic garden, reading and walking her dog, Lorca. Art, Spirituality and Nature these are her passions. Find them in this exhibit! Most of the 34 works are available for purchase through the Dominican Center front desk.

… She continued to paint, mostly images that pertained to the nebulous, to spiritual visions, only to become the collector of her own works. Diverging from painting, she felt drawn to creating in three dimensions in clay and so signed up for an adult ceramics class. She flourished under the instruction of June Gorman, becoming her assistant to load the kiln. Even though her first work exploded (again!), she eagerly learned from her mistakes and successes. Those first creations found their way to the John Ball Park Art Fair and sold (but not the paintings). Soon she borrowed a glass blower’s kiln and set up a studio in her home. More classes followed, an adult pottery class and one at GRCC, but her true direction was handbuilding: coil, slab and pinchpot!

NDSU’s opponent seeing turnaround start to take shape

Sept. 4, 2013; inforum.com (N.D.)

FARGO — Ferris State was 1-10 in the first year tight end Jace Heneveld spent on campus, a time when football was nowhere near the popularity of hockey at the school located in Big Rapids, Mich.

… One of the transfers, senior offensive lineman Carlin Landingham, began his career at North Dakota State as part of the 2008 recruiting class. He made the NDSU two-deep chart for the 2009 season opener but later transferred to Grand Rapids Community College (Mich.).